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Red Mist (A Scarpetta Novel) Hardcover – December 6, 2011
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The iconic forensic consultant is as brittle as ever, and the body count is as high as Cornwell fans have come to expect. Cornwell hasn't sold 100 million novels for no good reason * Independent on Sunday * A knife-edged thriller based on the exploits of the toughest female pathologist ever to conduct an autopsy...If you like your fiction fast-paced with a scientific twist, Cornwell delivers once again, and if you are new to Scarpetta, you are sure to be hooked by the end of the first chapter * Irish Examiner * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Patricia Cornwell's most recent bestsellers include Port Mortuary, The Scarpetta Factor, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper-Case Closed. Among her earlier works are Postmortem-the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year-and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for best detective created by an American author.
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no more of these for me ... even scrubbing out the barbequeue would be more interesting
Instead of finding the answers she seeks, Kay is stunned when Lawler surreptitiously passes her a note with a phone number. The phone number belongs to Jamie Berger, the former lover of Kay's beloved niece Lucy. Jamie, once a DA, is now a defense lawyer. She wants Kay's help in re-investigating the murder of a family. Berger does not believe the woman about to be executed for the killings is guilty. Scarpetta is stunned to find Pete Marino, her CFC investigator, is assisting Berger. She is even more surprised to find both Berger and Marino insist the FBI is investigating Kay.
Feeling manipulated and, in some ways betrayed, Scarpetta resists assisting Berger. But additional murders and new information draw her deeper and deeper into a complex plot that puts everyone involved in danger. Kay methodically solves several puzzles.
Kay also wrestles with guilt over Lucy and Berger, and muses about her history with Fielding, concluding: "You really can't love unconditionally. People can burn and beat love out of you. They really can kill it, and it's not your fault you don't feel it anymore, and how liberating it is to finally realize that. Love isn't for better or for worse, though thick or thin. It damn well shouldn't be."
Lucy and Benton, Kay's husband, make minimal appearances in the book. It'd be nice -- and perhaps more believable in the overall context of the series -- to see Benton regain a more prominent role in Scarpetta's life. He seems, at times, barely an accessory.
Kay's inner turmoil and emotions, and the methods she uses to investigate are the highlights of the novel. The solution is a bit over-the-top to be completely believable. Kay seems more entranced by Lucy's former lover, Jamie, than her niece is or was, which seems out of character for Kay.
Okay, but not the best Scarpetta.
Oh, there are faults. The beginning is soooo slow, moving at an aching pace (but then, when it finally takes off, I resented anyone or anything that got in the way of my finishing it). Kay's relationship with Benton is lacking in passion or sympathy or empathy or humanity. Other than his silver hair and their mutual love of wine, why are these two together?
Briggs reappears, and I'm not sure why. If he has always been so close to Kay, so important to her, so trusted, why did we not even hear his name until just recently? Briggs also brings with him a veil of paranoia the books could do without.
All that said, I am hopeful there will be more books in the series like Red Mist, for it was the most engaging since those long ago days before Benton's ... um ... "disappearance" and "Le Loup-Garou." The bad guys are credible and Kay is back to being a wise, comforting companion in a world that seems to be going increasingly mad.
He was sexually molested by a teacher, turned guidance counselor working at a ranch for troubled young men that Jack attended as a 12-year old. The Counselor's name was Cathleen, who unbeknownst to Jack had given birth to identical twins. The twins are separated at birth but finally reunite when they are 22 years old. They have one thing in common: they are both Sociopaths!